Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed its officers to impound rickety vehicles plying Nigerian roads.
Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC corps marshal, gave the directive in a statement issued by Bisi Kazeem, the corps public education officer, on Tuesday.
The corps marshal said the clampdown is an integral part of efforts to further reduce road accidents in the country.
According to Kazeem, the zonal commanding officers and sector commanders have been given an express directive to commence a nationwide arrest, impoundment, and prosecution of owners or operators of such vehicles.
He said the operation, which will be implemented nationwide, forms part of the corps’ commitment towards enhancing its operational activities and creating a safer motoring environment.
The corps marshal said the development is premised on the realisation of FRSC’s 2021 strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashes by 15 percent and fatalities by 20 percent.
Oyeyemi said motorable vehicles are important to the health, safety and economic benefits of drivers and commuters across Nigeria.
He urged motorists to ensure regular maintenance of their vehicles in view of inherent traffic hazards associated with broken down vehicles, especially at night.
He warned that severe punishment awaits anyone apprehended, including impoundment of the vehicle, payment of fines, and compulsory road safety education.
The FRSC boss also urged the public to assist the corps by reporting any rickety vehicle sighted on the road through the FRSC toll-free numbers 122 or tune into the national traffic radio 107.1FM.